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Maersk CEO Sees No Sign of Freight Market Easing This Year

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COPENHAGEN, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Danish shipping giant A.P. MollerMaersk sees no indication that the current redhot shipping market will lose steam this year, its chief executive said on Thursday.

Maersk lifted its 2021 outlook again on Thursday, riding the rise in freight rates which has resulted from a congested global supply chain.

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted shortages of container ships and logjams at ports at a time of high consumer spending, sending the cost of transporting freight to record levels.

“Nothing in our data suggests that the situation will change this year,” Maersk Chief Executive Soren Skou told Reuters. He expects global trade volumes to grow 7%-8% this year compared with 2020.

“We see very, very strong enduser demand combined with restocking and the fact that capacity in ports, warehouses and on ships is not fully utilized due to COVID19,” he said.

Currently, 9%-10% of global container capacity is sitting outside ports waiting to discharge, he said. The problem is particularly acute at Long Beach port in Los Angeles where some 60 container ships are waiting to discharge.

Maersk, which handles one in five containers shipped worldwide, now expects fullyear underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of $22 billion to $23 billion, up from a previous estimate of $18 billion to $19.5 billion.

The shipping company, which is set to publish full thirdquarter earnings on Nov. 2, also reported preliminary earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of close to $7 billion and EBIT of nearly $6 billion. (Reporting by Stine Jacobsen and Jacob GronholtPedersen; Editing by David Goodman and David Evans)

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